There’s no doubt newer cars on the market are becoming more sophisticated. From features to modern tech, most of the newer models will get you where you’re going with a bit of comfort and the occasional gadgetry. But while you’re booking your standard economy vehicle rental package, you could miss out on exciting features you didn’t even know existed.
Yes, exotic and luxury cars are built with better materials and with more care to detail, with more powerful engines, and with little or no expense spared to the experience of the car, but part of that luxury experience is the extra stuff. While some of these features are simply cool to have, and some enhance function, most of the exotic car features listed here won’t be found in your everyday economy car. Take a look:
Sport and Track modes:
Many exotic and luxury cars, such as Lamborghinis, offer a range of driving modes that can be selected depending on the type of driving experience desired. These modes can include sport and track modes, which are designed to deliver maximum performance and handling on the track. In sport and track modes, the car's engine, transmission, suspension, and other systems are optimized for maximum performance, and the driver can often customize settings like traction control and stability control to fine-tune the car's behavior for a more engaging driving experience.
Heated, cooled, and massaging seats:
We can't discuss luxury without mentioning comfort. Most exotics offer seats that can be heated OR cooled, providing maximum comfort for passengers in a wide range of weather conditions. While many cars offer heated seats, you won’t need those in Miami, but the cooled seats will undoubtedly come in handy. These seats are typically equipped with heating and cooling elements and can be controlled using the car's infotainment system or a dedicated seat control panel. Some even offer seats that can massage the driver and passengers, providing a relaxing and soothing experience while driving. These seats are typically equipped with motors and rollers that can provide a range of massage techniques.
Heated and cooled everything else:
Hands get cold? Upscale cars often offer a heated steering wheel, which can help keep the driver's hands warm in cold weather. While this feature can be useful, it might not be necessary or desirable in warmer climates, where a heated steering wheel could make the car's cabin too warm. However, you might want to keep your drink cooled (or your coffee hot), as some vehicles also offer heated and cooled cup holders.
Advanced assist features:
Rear-view cameras are a standard at this point, but do they provide a full surround, 360-degree camera view built into the dash interface? These cameras are typically located at the front, rear, and sides of the car, and can be used to assist with parking and maneuvering in tight spaces, or to provide a bird's-eye view of the car's surroundings when driving. Some cars, like the Lamborghini Urus, provide a 3D view of the car in its display and what’s around it for added safety.
Most vehicles also offer automatic parking assist, which uses sensors and cameras to automatically steer the car into a parking space. Keeping in the luxury car spirit of "don't ding me, just let me do it myself," most exotics are also equipped with lane-keeping assist, which uses sensors and cameras to monitor the car's position on the road and help prevent the driver from drifting out of their lane. This technology can provide a warning if the car begins to drift and can even apply corrective steering input to help keep the car on course.
Worried about that low front end? Some exotic and luxury cars are equipped with adaptive suspension systems, which automatically adjust the car's suspension settings based on the driving conditions. This can help improve the car's handling and ride, and can be especially useful when driving on rough, uneven roads, over speedbumps, or out of steep driveways.
Now we’re talkin’. Some exotic and luxury cars, such as Rolls-Royce or Bentley, offer built-in champagne coolers that allow rear-seat passengers to enjoy a chilled bottle of bubbly on the go (we feel obligated to point out the obvious; the driver should not enjoy champagne on the go!). These coolers are typically located in the car's rear armrest and are designed to keep champagne at the perfect temperature for drinking.
Not as intriguing as champagne coolers, but useful nonetheless. Many exotic and luxury cars offer wireless charging, which allows passengers to charge their smartphones or other devices without the need for cables or plugs. Usually, the car's center console or armrest acts as a wireless charging pad and can be a convenient way to keep devices powered up. There's nothing worse than a dead phone when you're hitting all the photo-worthy stops on your Miami tour.
Interior star projectors or ambient lighting:
I mean, come on. Some exotic and luxury cars are equipped with interior star projectors, which can create a starry night sky (and the coziest vibes) inside the car's cabin. These projectors use advanced lighting technology to mimic the appearance of the night sky and can be a fun and relaxing feature for passengers to enjoy. Some vehicles also offer ambient lighting in the cabin, which can create a range of moods and atmospheres for your scenic or downtown drive, from reflective drive to full-on dance party.
While interior star projectors are cool, maybe your exotic vehicle of choice isn’t equipped with one, or maybe you just prefer the real thing. Many cars in our fleet, especially the larger SUV's, offer panoramic moonroofs, which provide an expansive view of the sky above. Moonroofs are typically made from tinted glass and can be opened or closed with the flip of a few switches. Another option is going roofless, such as in the Huracan Spyder or Rolls Royce Dawn.
Most vehicles come equipped with your standard infotainment system, but luxury vehicles are known for providing more than the standard. Dash systems are upgraded in exotics, allowing a range of easy-to-access features on multiple touchscreens, from climate control to entertainment to...most of whatever else you can think of. With luxury vehicles most often keeping the passengers in mind, some manufacturers equip rear seats with linkable screens and wifi for entertainment.
Automatic trunk opening:
Another nice-to-have, many luxury cars offer automatic trunk opening, which allows the driver to open the trunk without needing to reach for the latch or key. This feature can be activated using a button on the car's key fob or a control panel inside the car and can be a convenient way to access the trunk without having to fumble with keys or handles, especially while carrying luggage or groceries.
Umbrellas (yes, really):
As we mentioned at the top, luxury vehicles spare no expense in pursuing the ultimate car experience, down to the detail. Rolls Royce even has a space for umbrellas built into the panel of most of its models' doors, fitted with branded umbrellas. Nothing says Rolls Royce like being able to carry that VIP experience with you even after you’re out of the car.
While not exhaustive, the list above provides a glimpse of what awaits in many exotic car models, aside from the best-in-class driving experience. If you're interested in seeing more for yourself, contact Clutch Exotics for all your exotic car rental needs in Miami, FL, and follow Clutch Exotics on social media and YouTube using the links below.
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